Nick Saban’s biggest fanboy was back at it again yesterday.
At SEC Media Days on Wednesday, Crimson Tide LB Dylan Moses actually told reporters that Clemson was in fact, not the toughest team Alabama faced last season. Instead, he claimed the Georgia Bulldogs were the Tide’s toughest opponent. This despite Alabama having beaten Georgia in the SEC Championship Game and Clemson taking the Tide to the woodshed in their 44-16 dismantling of Alabama in the CFP National Title game.
Several hundred miles away at ACC Media Days, Clemson OL John Simpson was asked his thoughts on what Moses had to say. His take? That Notre Dame was in fact the Tigers stiffest competition, and not the Tide.
“No one ever gives us our credit, man,” Simpson said. “It kinda sucks. But is what it is.”
That’s a spot on assessment on both counts. It’s hard to argue with the sentiment that the Fighting Irish actually played Clemson tougher than Bama did. I’ve always been of that opinion myself.
Paul Finebaum on the other hand, found it highly insulting to Alabama, saying…
“I’m not in the business of criticizing college players,” Finebaum said, “but that is easily one of the stupidest comments I have ever heard. Alabama was a phenomenal football team last year. Notre Dame was good, but they were not as good as Alabama. Alabama would’ve destroyed Notre Dame, and what you get there in John Simpson’s comments is just the pettiness of a program that is unaccustomed to being at the epicenter of this sport.
Wait…. what? So an Alabama player can claim Georgia was a tougher opponent than Clemson, but when a Clemson player claims someone other than Bama was their toughest opponent, it’s pettiness and a sign that Clemson hasn’t learned to win gracefully.
Hypocritical much there Mr Finebaum? It seems that the two players said the same thing but you only take issue with one. Fact is, after using every excuse known to mankind as too why they got embarrassed on national television in a national championship game, maybe it’s Alabama that hasn’t learned to lose gracefully.